Press Releases

03.13.20

Peters, Stabenow Urge Trump Administration to Re-Open Health Insurance Enrollment Window

WASHINGTON, DC - In light of the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) urged the Trump Administration to open a special enrollment period to allow people without health insurance or short-term plans to purchase a health care plan through the health insurance marketplaces. Currently, about 27.5 million Americans lack health insurance - and even more are underinsured - which could leave them facing expensive medical bills if hospita… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Peters Introduces Free COVID-19 Testing Act, Presses Trump Administration to Address Testing Shortage

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) introduced legislation that would expand access to free COVID-19 testing and urged the Trump Administration to address the nationwide testing shortage. The Free COVID-19 Testing Act, would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and related health care services for Americans enrolled in private health plans, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, VA as well as for federal civilians and American Indians. In a letter to Vice… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters, Wyden, Schumer Lead Bill With Colleagues to Provide Unemployment Assistance to Those Affected by Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of Senate Democrats' response to the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and 20 colleagues today introduced legislation, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, to provide federally-funded unemployment assistance to affected individuals. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters Calls for Additional Aggressive Action to Protect Michiganders, Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today called for bipartisan, aggressive action to address the Coronavirus outbreak, including expanded testing and additional steps to keep the American people safe: "As the Coronavirus outbreak continues to threaten public health, our economy and the daily lives of Michiganders, we need a comprehensive and effective federal response to protect Americans and suppo… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters Leads Bipartisan Effort to Provide Unemployment Assistance to People Unable to Work Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) led introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Coronavirus Worker Relief Act. The new bill, which Peters introduced with U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Todd Young (R-IN), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) would provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak. Assistance would be available to individuals, including self-employed individuals and independent contra… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Peters, Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Great Lakes Communities Address Rising Water Levels, Shoreline Erosion

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide support for local communities facing rising water levels, coastal erosion, and flooding that have put homes and property at risk, and caused millions of dollars in damages. The Great Lakes are expected to hit record high-water levels this year, and communities in Michigan and Wisconsin are f… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Peters Bipartisan Bill to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities Heads to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters' (MI) bipartisan legislation to expand apprenticeship opportunities for veterans is headed to the President's desk to be signed into law, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously today. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act - which Peters introduced with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) - previously passed the U.S. Senate. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) championed the legislation in the House of Repres… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Wasteful Government Spending Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was signed into law to cut down on billions of dollars in wasteful government spending. The Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 will help to rein in improper payments - including duplicative, excessive, unnecessary and improperly documented payments - that are estimated to have cost the federal government more than $151 billion in f… Continue Reading


03.06.20

Peters, Colleagues Defend the Right of Defense Department Civilian Workers to Engage in Collective Bargaining

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to stand up for workers' rights and organized labor, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Jack Reed (RI), Ranking Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Armed Services Committees, led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in urging Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to uphold workplace protections and safeguard the collective bargaining rights of Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees. The letter comes on the heels of a Trump Administr… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Peters Helps Senate Pass Coronavirus Funding for Michigan, Convenes Hearing on Federal Response

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, helped the Senate pass a bipartisan funding bill to address Coronavirus-including over $14.5 million in resources for Michigan-and convened a committee hearing on the response to outbreak. The funding that passed today - which was welcomed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer - includes $14.5 million for Michigan and priorities raised directly to Peters by M… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Peters, Stabenow Secure Coronavirus Funding for Michigan, Governor Whitmer Welcomes Federal Support

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that they secured resources for Michigan to protect public health and security amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer welcomed the support. The Senate may vote on the bipartisan funding agreement as early as this Thursday, following passage in the House of Representatives. Michigan will receive $14.5 million in federal fu… Continue Reading


03.04.20

Senate Passes Peters, Portman Bipartisan Bill to Fix Security Vulnerability Posed by Foreign Ownership of Federally Leased Properties

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH), applauded the Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to determine if office space leased by the federal government is owned by foreign entities. The Secure Federal Leases from Espionage and Suspicious Entanglements Act (Secure Federal LEASEs Act) requires the identification of all individuals who own or benefit from partial ownership … Continue Reading


03.04.20

Senate Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Measures to Support Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) welcomed Senate passage of bipartisan provisions he introduced to support age-friendly communities in Michigan and across the nation. The measures based on his Age-Friendly Communities Act would establish a committee to bring agencies from across the federal government together to develop a national set of goals on healthy aging and age-friendly communities. The measures, which Peters introduced with Senator John Boozman (R-AR), passed the Senate as … Continue Reading


03.04.20

Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industry Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - President Donald Trump has signed into law U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, bipartisan legislation to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation's food supply and agricultural industry at the border. The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 ensures the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation's borders by authorizing U.S. Customs … Continue Reading


03.03.20

Peters Discusses Michigan Security Priorities with Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, met with Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss Michigan's top homeland security needs. Peters released the following statement on the meeting: "As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I'm working to keep communities in Michigan and across the country safe and secure. Today, I met with Acting Secretary Wolf to discuss how… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Peters Calls on Trump Administration to Create Central “Coronavirus.gov” Website for Trusted Health & Safety Information

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today urged the Trump Administration to launch a centralized federal website - "Coronavirus.gov" - to provide trusted information to the American people about the Coronavirus outbreak. In a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, who has been appointed to lead the U.S. response to the epidemic, Peters argued that challenges finding clear, reliable information about t… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Peters Pushes for Coronavirus Outbreak Funding to Protect Public Health and Security

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is calling for full funding to address the global Coronavirus outbreak and protect the health and safety of Michiganders. In a letter, Peters highlighted the importance of sufficient funding to address a number of pressing needs, including assisting state and local public health agencies in detecting and preventing the spread of Coronavirus; restoring funding to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pandemic prevention programs; and securing critical eq… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Peters, Cotton Urge Trump Administration to form Defense Technology Working Group with Israel

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) urged the Trump Administration to form a working group with the Israeli government focused on shared defense technology issues. In a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the senators called upon the Secretary to forge a partnership with his Israeli counterparts in order to better coordinate defense capabilities and research and development strategies. "As the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats and Capab… Continue Reading


03.02.20

Peters Statement Following Supreme Court Agreeing to Consider Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a lawsuit regarding the health care law: "The Trump Administration is determined to overturn the health care law and eliminate protections for Michiganders with preexisting conditions and raise health care costs. The stakes could not be higher for Michigan middle class families. As this case is considered by the Supreme Court, I'm going to continue fighting to exp… Continue Reading


03.01.20

One Year Later, Peters Reiterates Call for Senate to Pass Bipartisan Bill Designating PFAS as Hazardous Substance

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today reiterated his call for the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declare PFAS as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. The bill was introduced a year ago - on March 1, 2019 - and despite bipartisan support and the House of Representatives passing similar legislation, Pres… Continue Reading

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